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Top ten Green Bay Packers 7th-round draft picks (1995-2012), Part 1

Defensive end Keith McKenzie, a seventh-round draft pick, earned himself a Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers.

Defensive end Keith McKenzie, a seventh-round draft pick, earned himself a Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers.

Since the doldrums of the NFL offseason seem to be about paying tribute to those players we admire and those who have made our favorite teams great, I want to take a few minutes to acknowledge those players who rarely get the attention they deserve: the seventh-round draft picks who defy the odds to make the roster and contribute in substantial ways over an extended period of time.

I therefore humbly offer for your perusal the top ten greatest Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft picks since 1995. This is a group that spans the tenure of three general managers: the legendary Ron Wolf (1991-2001), the regrettable Mike Sherman (2001-2005), and the enigmatic Ted Thompson (2005-present), who seems well on his way to earning the kind of esteem Wolf still enjoys in Packer Nation.

Let us now pay homage to these unheralded paragons of Packers greatness.

Top ten seventh rounders

10. Keith McKenzie, DE (1996: 252nd overall)

Drafted out of Ball State, Keith McKenzie’s numbers were never flashy. He was one of those role players who found a way to hang around for several years, earning himself a Super Bowl ring in the process. In four campaigns with the Packers, he compiled 60 tackles, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, one pick-six, and 18.5 sacks. He also made a 2002 reunion tour with Green Bay in which he was credited with three tackles and a fumble return.

9. DeShawn Wynn, RB, Florida (2007: 228th overall)

DeShawn Wynn came to Green Bay after winning both an SEC Championship and a BCS National Championship with Florida. Injuries plagued his professional career, and he was never able to live up to his potential with the Packers. His 2007 rookie campaign was cut short when he went down with a shoulder injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 8 and was immediately placed on injured reserve.

The following August he was waived and re-signed to the practice squad, but he was later recalled to the active roster to replace the injured Kregg Lumpkin. The highlight of his career in Green Bay was a 73-yard touchdown run against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

He would go on to play for the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

8. C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina (2010: 230th overall)

A workout warrior, C.J. Wilson turned heads at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine when he put up 32 reps on the bench-press event and was praised as an instinctive player. Under incoming defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Green Bay was moving to a 3-4 alignment, and Wilson was brought in to provide depth at the defensive end position.

Green Bay Packers defensive end C.J. Wilson recorded a sack of longtime Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who was playing for the Minnesota Vikings at the time.

Green Bay Packers defensive end C.J. Wilson recorded a sack of longtime Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who was playing for the Minnesota Vikings at the time.

As a rookie, he appeared in six games, starting two, and compiled one sack. He also contributed another sack in the 2010 Divisional Round against the Atlanta Falcons en route to Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory.

In three seasons (10 starts), he has recorded 68 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one pass defensed.

7. Brad Jones, LB, Colorado (2009: 218th overall)

Brad Jones wasn’t drafted to start his rookie season, but after pass rush specialist Aaron Kampman was lost for the year due to a knee injury, Jones was pressed into duty. He ended up surpassing expectations, recording 33 tackles, four sacks, and one pass defensed in seven starts.

He virtually disappeared in 2010, however, and was put on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7. After a disappointing 2011 campaign in which he only managed to accumulate 19 tackles, his future with the Packers was in doubt.

He hung on in 2012 as a special-teams player. After D.J. Smith was placed on injured reserve in Week 6 and Jones was named the starter, he seemed to come into his own. He turned out his most productive season yet, registering 77 tackles, two sacks, and four passes defensed.

6. Matt Flynn, QB, LSU (2008: 209th overall)

When general manager Ted Thompson brought him aboard, Matt Flynn had the most championship experience of any quarterback on the Packers roster, having won the BCS title with LSU. Flynn was actually the second quarterback Thompson drafted that season, the other being Brian Brohm out of Louisville, who was taken in the second round. Although arguably more talented and physically gifted than Flynn, Brohm turned out to be laughably unprepared for professional football, and Flynn rather handily beat him out for the backup job.

During his tenure behind Aaron Rodgers, Flynn got the starting nod twice. He took the reins in Week 15 of the 2010 season against the New England Patriots when Rodgers sat out with lingering concussion symptoms. Flynn comported himself rather well in the game, throwing three touchdowns and one pick-six. He had the offense in position to win the game in the waning moments, but fumbled on a sack. In Week 17 of the 2011 season, with Rodgers calling plays from the sidelines, Flynn engineered a remarkable victory against the Detroit Lions, setting franchise records for passing yards (480) and touchdown passes (six).

Following the expiration of his rookie contract, Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks but was not able to beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job. Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Flynn was traded to the Oakland Raiders for 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2015 pick.

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natradamus
natradamus moderator

i gotta go to bed-  need rest for the marathon tomorrow.  later ninja and all else who are lurking

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

Someone just tried to tell me John Elway is the greatest quarterback of all time.  They have no fucking clue what they're getting themselves into.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

so i had to drive to m friends new house and damn near hit a bald eagle, the fucker was on the side of the road and i musta spooked it, it started taking off right in front of my car. maybe it's just me but hitting a bird that size going 55 is not my idea of a good time 

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@TheChainsawNinja I can only count for those I have actually seen- so many great QB's are off my list because of my age- but- not in order-

godgers, Favre, Brady, Manning, Elway, Marino, young, montana, Jim Kelly, Brees-

more like the 10 best that have played in last 20 years

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@Houndog narrow country road with blind driveways all over it, not the greatest planning big ass hill driveway just past the top of it.

Houndog
Houndog

@natradamus @Houndog I'm doin' fine, health is good, wakin' up on the top side of the grass daily, what else is there?  Hoe you doing?

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

@natradamus @TheChainsawNinja Commonyms (I don't know, somebody else used it) are words that all share a similar quality.  For instance a "car", "tree", and an "elephant" all have trunks.  What is similar about "Arthur", "Kong", and "Herod".  (The next few will be more difficult)

zombieslayer
zombieslayer

@TheChainsawNinja @natradamus That's my point.  I don't hate Elway.  I just hate Elway worship.  He was a damn good QB.  But not in my top ten since 1976 (since I've been following the NFL).  Kurt Warner was better and I don't hear anyone calling Kurt Warner "the best QB of all-time."

 ЯD
ЯD

@Houndog It is the height of delusion to insinuate that Elway was anywhere in the same galaxy as Kurt Warner, much less a greater quarterback than Warner.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@TheChainsawNinja why do you hate Elway again?  I know he threw a grip of INT's- made it to the playoffs just more than half of the years that he played, really did not throw that many TD's- but he could play the last 2 minutes- when all the other games ended- and the channel switched to his game- by that point- he would play good

Houndog
Houndog

@natradamus @Aciddragon  @Houndog Maybe the Eagle has bad moral and does not make his living honestly, but they are absolutely amazing to watch hunt. I saw a lot of them when I was in Montana in the 80's, and I learned quickly what "an eye like an eagle" meant when i watched two of them flying high above Flathead Lake and then diving head-first at an amazing high speed, spread their wings, stop almost instantaneously just inches above the water, and come up with a fish in their claws! Fucking amazing!

Houndog
Houndog

@Aciddragon  @Houndog  Just kidding AD, I hit another deer Thursday morning, that's 3 deer and a mountain lion in 26 months. One of these days my insurance company will cancel me. 

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Houndog @natradamus I knew what I got into, but can't say I wouldn't change it if I had a chance.

double negatives = not an english teacher

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Houndog @natradamus that would be awesome.  Unfortunately for me, I have been working an insane amount of hours- just in time for all of the school job postings to open up, so I don't have a lot of time to find a teaching gig that will actually give me benefits.

I love the people that I teach, but you do not get compensated very well to teach those that need the most help

Houndog
Houndog

@natradamus @Houndog Cool, I'm busy too, looking forward to some time off this summer to take my boat to Alaska. So I'm busy as hell right now trying to get all kinds of shit done.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@TheChainsawNinja @natradamus all things are checked by a "doctor"?  another guess, because the only person I know that gives an IQ test is a college professor, but I doubt you need that type of education to assess an IQ test

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@TheChainsawNinja @natradamus I was original thinking high/low, but that did not make any sense for the inkblot one.  I have never taken one of the tests though- but I bet some of the answers are better if you are high